Fidel Castro

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Fidel Castro’s Influence on the Cuban Revolution, 1953-1959
The year was 1953 and Fidel Castro was a dashing and daring reformer that was determined to make a impact in a country that was ruled by an unjust president. With the Movement strong and confident, Castro delivered these strong words to his group of men:
“In a few hours you will be victorious or defeated, but regardless of the outcome – listen well, friends – this Movement will triumph. If you win tomorrow, the aspirations of Martí will be fulfilled sooner. If we fail, our action will nevertheless set an example for the Cuban people, and from the people will arise fresh new men willing to die for Cuba. They will pick up our banner and move forward... The people will back us in
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With no one willing to hear his case, Castro then would realized that his legal arguments would not be effective in his attempts to stop the government led by Batista. Castro needed to achieve his goal through other means, even force if necessary as exemplified by the uprisings in the Caribbean. His alternate approach to achieving his goal was to organize a group of underground rebels who would aid him in his fight against the oppressive rule of Batista. Castro began to draw followers to his cause through his personality, which compelled many people to join him in his fight against Batista. This gathering of followers would culminate with the 26th of July Movement, which in Cuba is called Movimiento 26 de Julio, which is used to commemorate the beginnings of the Cuban Revolution which was led by Fidel Castro. The Cuban Revolution’s conclusion would result in the overthrowing of the dictatorship of Batista, but the movement itself began with a failure. On July 26th, 1953, Fidel Castro led an attack against Fulgencio Batista in the Moncada Barracks. Castro, his brother Raul and a group of 160 armed men would attack the Barracks, which was the second largest military base in Cuba. Based on the fact that the military base was enormous and Castro’s men were far outnumbered in this attack, there was almost no chance that this attack would have succeeded. The outcome of this attack would be sixty of Castro’s men being killed, along with him and his brother being captured

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